How can human rights survive and thrive in the 21st century? Which mechanisms can we create to make states and large corporations respect the fundamental rights of citizens? What can global civil society do today? International Partnership for Human Rights presents the Human Rights Survival Guide - a series of podcasts aimed at tackling these questions. The IPHR team will interview experts, HRDs, journalists and civic activists to discuss how you, your local NGO, your state can use existing human rights instruments and principles to empower, to protect, and to bring perpetrators to justice.
Public funds with limited responsibility: IFIs and human rights due diligence
29:52How do international financial institutions (IFIs) conduct due diligence on projects they finance? In this episode we will try to answer this question together with Xavier Sol - Director of Counter Balance, and Manana Kochladze - Chairwoman of Georgian NGO "Green Alternative" and Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus at CEE Bankwatch. In particular, we will look at the human rights role in IFIs' due diligence process and discuss the identification, monitoring, and assessment of projects' risks and impacts. We will look specifically at the European Investment Bank (EIB) - "the lending arm of the EU". On 1 February, the EIB will hold its annual seminar between civil society and the EIB’s Board of Directors, with a thematic discussion on “strengthening the EIB’s sustainability framework.”
Looking through UN lens: situation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang (part 2)
28:03This is the second episode in our series on the situation of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. This time we focus on legal aspects and international mechanisms surrounding the issue. Our guest is Fernand de Varennes - Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Adjunct Professor at the National University of Ireland-Galway (Ireland), and Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (China). Since August 2017 Fernand de Varennes has been serving as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. The first episode of the series is devoted to the history of Uyghurs, China’s minority policy and relations with its Central Asian neighbors. It is available here.
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Tragedy of the 'new old land': situation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang (part 1)
34:49The word “Uyghur” has gained popularity in human rights recently, and so has the fight for its people’s liberation from what is considered to be the biggest crime against humanity of our century. Numbers vary, but it is estimated that over one million people have been sent to internment camps in the Xinjiang since 2017. In today’s episode we will be focusing on the history of Uyghurs, China’s minority policy and relations with its Central Asian neighbors. Our distinguished guest is Dr. Dru C. Gladney, Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Pomona College, California. This is the first episode in our series on the situation of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.
Работа над ошибками: система ювенальной юстиции в Казахстане
34:21На этот раз тема эпизода – ювенальная юстиция в Казахстане. В гостях подкаста Гульжахан Абдулаева – детский врач, реаниматолог, анестезиолог в Научном центре педиатрии и хирургии, а также член национального превентивного механизма по городу Алматы и Алматинской области, и Эльвира Ватлина – директор Детского Фонда Казахстана, вице-президент международной ассоциации детских фондов и член национальной коалиции против пыток. Мы говорим о системе ювенальной юстиции с юридической, медицинской и правозащитной точки зрения, а также делимся рекомендациями для правительства Казахстана и международного сообщества. Сегодняшний эпизод – это вторая часть выпуска о ювенальной юстиции. Первую часть (на английском) можно прослушать здесь: https://anchor.fm/human-rights-survival-guide/episodes/Working-towards-the-future-legal-protection-of-minors-across-societies-and-jurisdictions-e157ofn
Working towards future: legal protection of minors across societies and jurisdictions
30:28The next two episodes of our podcast are devoted to juvenile justice. In this episode we focus on the international dimension of juvenile justice and main challenges surrounding the topic. Our guest is Frances Sheahan - a lawyer and a child rights expert with more that 17 years experience working on children’s rights law, policy and programming. Together we will discuss the main the international legal standards within the juvenile justice and identify the key steps that can ensure a transition towards child-friendly justice systems around the world.
Громкое молчание: разрушительное воздействие пыток на жертв и членов их семей
24:54Сегодня по всему миру отмечается Международный день в поддержку жертв пыток. В этом эпизоде подкаста мы беседуем с Гулчехрой Холматовой - Директором Общественной организации "Мир права" и Руководителем группы правовой помощи Коалиции гражданского общества против пыток и безнаказанности в Таджикистане, о ситуации в Таджикистане в контексте противодействия пыткам и жестокому обращению, о работе с семьями жертв пыток и о том, как помочь себе и своим близким пережить столкновение с пытками и помочь восстановить справедливость.
Georgia v. Russia: Does the ECHR protect in times of war?
34:22In this episode we reflect on legal aspects of the European Court judgment in the case of Georgia v. Russia II. Our distinguished guests are Philip Leach, a Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC); and Vanessa Kogan, a Director of Stichting Justice Initiative - an organisation dedicated to the legal protection of victims of human rights violations connected to armed conflict and counter-terrorism operations, torture and gender-based violence in the post-Soviet region. The judgment in the cases of Georgia v Russia (II) that has steered controversy, has been delivered by the European Court on 21 January of this year. It concerns human rights violations committed in 2008 in the context of an armed conflict between Georgia and Russia, which resulted in at least 400 civilian deaths, large scale destruction of civilian property and displacement of over 20.000 ethnic Georgians from South Ossetia. Systemic human rights violations continued long after the cessation of hostilities. The most controversial aspect of it concerns the Court's refusal to extend Convention protection to events that occurred during the active phase of hostilities, from 8 to 12 August.
Human rights and environment: tying the knot
33:03In the third episode of our accountability series Richard J Rodgers, International Lawyer and Partner at Global Diligence LLP and Noa Roque, Legal Officer at IPHR discuss the relationships between human rights and environment through the lens of environmental justice, climate justice and climate litigation. They explore how can the law be used to enhance the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, how effective current instruments are in practice and what role does civil society play in environmental and climate justice. Please check out previous two episodes in the accountability series: Universal jurisdiction: myths and realities https://anchor.fm/human-rights-survival-guide/episodes/Universal-jurisdiction-myths-and-realities-enltn3 Targeted sanctions: Everything you wanted to know about GMA but were afraid to ask https://anchor.fm/human-rights-survival-guide/episodes/Targeted-sanctions-Everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-GMA-but-were-afraid-to-ask-eltlb3
Universal jurisdiction: myths and realities
36:20What is universal jurisdiction (UJ) and why it is increasingly discussed in human rights circles and among international stakeholders recently? What is hidden behind the overhyped UJ concept, how did it emerge, what's the scope of it and how could it evolve in the years to come? In the second episode of our "accountability series" Alexandre Prezanti, International Lawyer and Partner at Global Diligence LLP and Simon Papuashvili, Programme Director at IPHR discuss these questions and spice them up with examples, which will motivate you to learn more and who knows, maybe even litigate a UJ case.
Targeted sanctions: Everything you wanted to know about GMA but were afraid to ask
41:18Who was Sergey Magnitsky and why are sanctions named after him? How are Magnitsky sanctions different from other sanctions? What role do civil society play vis-à-vis sanctions? In this podcast episode we answer these and other equally informative and compelling questions together with Melissa Hooper - Director of Foreign Policy and Accountability at the NGO Human Rights First and international expert in the field of sanctions. This is the first podcast in our "accountability series", which will also include discussions on concepts of universal jurisdiction and climate justice.